SPG opens first route to Russia's Far East
The container ship AS CARINTHIAZ arrives at Berth 83 in Qingdao Port on Nov 6. [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]
The arrival of container ship AS CARINTHIAZ on Nov 6 at Berth 83 -- in Qingdao Port, operated by Shandong Port Group in East China's Shandong province – marked SPG's first route to Russia's Far East, according to port officials.
They said it followed the opening of Qingdao-Russia Far East shipping route – the GHN (Golden Horn) route -- by Swiss-Italian group Mediterranean Shipping Company S.A.
Taking in major ports such as Vladivostok Port and Vosochny Port, three vessels will be used on the once-weekly service.
The seventh route from Qingdao Port that has been opened this year along the Belt and Road, it is also Mediterranean Shipping Company's first shipping route connecting the northern ports of China with Russia's Far East.
Officials said container lines with large-scale vessels will give priority to those ports with abundant containers and well-connected seaborne routes when choosing ports of call, in order to maximize financial returns.
They said the launch of the route demonstrated Mediterranean Shipping Company's confidence in the economic strength and quality services of Qingdao Port's hinterland areas.
As the first route from China's northern ports to Russia's Far East, the new service is expected to reinforce Qingdao Port's preeminent position as a freight hub for northeast Asia.
Faced with the adverse impact of the COVID-19 pandemic this year, Qingdao Port has taken proactive measures to tackle the challenges.
Officials said it has actively integrated into the development strategy of China, Shandong and prefecture-level cities. They said it has moved to guarantee the unimpeded flows of international supply and logistics chains.
Officials said the newly added route will improve Qingdao Port's spread of shipping routes along the Belt and Road, providing strong support for the establishment of a new development paradigm.
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